Powe-less Cal Cruises Past Humboldt State, 106-62
Nov. 14, 2005
Although the Golden Bears cruised to the victory, they did so without sophomore forward Leon Powe, who sat out the game as a precautionary measure after a Monday afternoon MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right foot. Powe will be further evaluated with a CT scan Tuesday, which will determine his status for the season opener Friday at Eastern Michigan.
'The good news is that Leon is not in pain,' Cal head coach Ben Braun said. 'But obviously, we didn't want to take a chance with him. It was tough news, but the guys handled it well.'
Powe was not the only Bear to suffer an injury Monday, as three other Cal players came out of the game at various times. Midgley sustained a cut on his forehead in the first half that required two stitches, but he returned after being treated in the training room.
In addition, Wilkes came out briefly due to a cramp in his calf, but sophomore forward Eric Vierneisel sat out the final 30 minutes after getting a mild concussion. Senior center Rod Benson (heel) and senior guard Martin Smith (pelvis), who did not suit up due to stress fractures that occurred earlier in the fall, are expected to return within in the next 2-3 weeks.
Even with a limited roster, Cal handled Humboldt State with ease. The Bears shot 59.4 percent from the floor, including 47.1 percent (8-17) from three-point range.
Ubaka finished with 29 points, making 4-of-6 from behind the arc and sinking 11-of-12 free throws. Wilkes had 12 consecutive points during one second-half stretch and ended the night with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the floor. Midgley added 17 points.
Freshman Theo Robertson earned a start in place of Powe and had 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds in 28 minutes.
'We challenged our team to defend and made that an emphasis,' Braun said. 'I thought we did a pretty good job of keeping guys in front of us. For us to be successful, we have to play good defense. And we did this short-handed with some of our best defenders sitting on the bench.'